Resolving to Be Better than Before

“Habits are the invisible architecture of daily life. We repeat about 40 percent of our behavior almost daily, so our habits shape our existence, and our future. If we change our habits, we change our lives.” 

Changing habits is tough to do. Did you know that most people give up on their New Year’s resolutions by January 12? It takes 21 days to form a habit, and most of us give up by day 12! I’ve stopped making resolutions and instead focus on building better habits. I use – and highly recommend – the book Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin to help you create changes that will stick.

“Many strategies help us change our habits, and four strategies tower above the others: Monitoring, Foundation, Scheduling, and Accountability.”

We embrace the idea that developing and maintaining good habits shape our success at Nip Tuck Remodeling. We believe our habits of transparency, communication, and accountability, are what set us apart – through our habits, we build stronger, more trusting relationships with our clients and colleagues.

 “How we schedule our days is how we spend our lives.” 

What I like about the book is that it’s not designed to be a one-size-fits-all guide to changing habits. Instead, she uses examples from her own life and research, integrated with personality types and tendencies to help people identify what might be keeping them from having success in making changes. The book helps you address the underlying behaviors and attitudes that keep you from making the changes you want to make.

“In the chaos of everyday life, it’s easy to lose sight of what really matters, and I can use my habits to make sure that my life reflects my values.”

Like everyone else, the Nip Tuck team takes stock every January. We set new goals for the year. We remind ourselves of our core values – the values that guide our relationships with our clients, colleagues, and partners. Whether or not we make resolutions each year as individuals, we all start the new year with an idea of it being a great time to make new habits, whether it’s for health, money, or finding that ever-elusive life balance. If you’re trying to make changes that you want to stick, I encourage you to check out Better than Before.

If you're looking for a way to change and improve your habits to become better than before, we recommend this book.